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Stripes – Multi-Width

Multi-width stripes are an easy way to create complex, interesting pattern designs with minimal effort. Alternating colors and stripe widths will give you endless variety – and ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tapes will support your ideas with dependable versatility.





  • Plan your striping pattern
  • Remove wall hangings and fill nail holes
  • Make sure wall is clean, dust-free and dry before you begin



Step By Step Guide:

Step 1: Mask Trim

Mask Trim

Mask along trim, baseboards and non-textured ceilings with ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Advanced Delicate Surface.

Step 2: Paint Basecoat

Paint Basecoat

Paint the basecoat (the lighter color) over the entire wall and let it dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 3: Measure Pattern

Measure Pattern

Start your first grouping 5 inches from your first corner. Measure and mark your groupings on the tape that masks your trim. Use level and pencil to draw a line at the edge of one grouping.

Step 4: Start Masking

Start Masking

Start from the pencil line. Place 3 strips of 1" tape next to one another, running from top to bottom of the wall. Remove the middle piece of tape, to expose the wall.

Step 5: Finish First Group

Finish First Group

Measure 4" from the last piece of tape you put on the wall. Draw a line, then place three strips of 1" tape next to each other, from top to bottom. Remove the middle tape to expose the wall.

Step 6: Mask Full Room

Mask Full Room

Measure 10" from your last piece of tape. From this point, repeat steps 4, 5 and the start of 6 – until you are done masking the entire room. Then press down all tape with a putty knife or 5-in-1 tool.

Step 7: Paint Stripes

Paint Stripes

Apply your darker paint color to all exposed 1" and 4" spaces throughout the entire room. Use a light amount of paint along the tape edges to avoid paint seepage Let the paint dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 8: Remove Tape

Remove Tape

Carefully remove tape at a 45° angle, pulling away from the freshest paint line. If paint starts to lift, use a sharp tool to cut along the painted tape edge.

Helpful Hints

Size & Scale Suggestions

  • A simple pattern could be a symmetrical grouping of alternating dark and light stripes of the following widths: 1" dark stripe; 1" light stripe; 4" dark stripe; 1" light stripe; 1" dark stripe.
  • Each group could be separated by a 10" light stripe, to really make the groupings stand out.

Paint Pointers

  • Choose colors that complement each other and enhance the flooring, furniture and accessories of your room.
  • Achieve subtle strips by using the same color of paint in different sheens (i.e., flat and semi-gloss).
  • Try an alternative technique, use a gloss varnish over a flat or low-sheen paint.
  • Before you buy, consider bringing home paint swatches or samples, to get an idea of how the colors will look together in your spaceIt's a great way to avoid time-consuming painting mistakes.


Resist the Urge to Stretch

Resist the Urge to Stretch

When masking any surface, pull tape off the roll a few feet at a time. Avoid stretching the tape, as this can cause it to lift up or break.

Get Extra Sharp Lines

Get Extra Sharp Lines

Seal the edge of the tape with the basecoat color. This helps the tape adhere and gives you clean, sharp, professional paint lines.


  • Accessorize with various shapes, such as round candles and vases, or square wooden trays, to offer additional texture and dimension.
  • Decorate with pillows, wall hangings, cushion covers and other elements that complement and enhance the colors used for your stripes.

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